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Black Pepper Joins ICT Excellence Club

Having been Highly Commended in the Emerging Technology category at the recent ICT Awards for the ground breaking Companion platform, Black Pepper software has been invited to join the prestigious ICT Excellence Club.

Adam Wright, Head of Solutions at Black Pepper Software, said: “Being highly commended for an emerging technology award demonstrates the innovative technologies coming out of the Midlands and the talent the region has. We entered the award to highlight the fact that the Midlands remains at the forefront of the knowledge economy and prove that the technologies being developed in the region have global application. It would be a great recognition for the team if we won, praising them openly for their progressive work. Companion is at the forefront of a new wave of location-aware services that take advantage of the positioning technology of increasingly popular smartphones such as the iPhone and Android devices. Immediately after the awards, we’re launching Companion to enhance visitor experience at the NEC.”

Companion combines advanced mapping and routing services with easy to use content management and social networking channels to help users navigate specific spaces. Featuring bespoke mapping, visitor routing, heat maps and RSS feeds, Companion uses its location-aware functionality with blended positioning technology, based on GPS, GSM Cell positioning and Wifi triangulation, to pin point users’ positions both indoors and outside.

Mike Musson, ICT Cluster Manager, commented: “The awards provided a great insight into the sheer diversity and talent on offer in the West Midlands technology community and beyond,” continues Mike. “The ICT Cluster, comprising technology businesses, educational establishments and support organisations working in collaboration, is enabling the West Midlands to build a dynamic regional economy as well as compete successfully in the competitive ICT marketplace, on a global level.”

The ICT Excellence Club was set up to encourage award-winning businesses to share knowledge, create business opportunities and accelerate growth in the region and beyond. The Annual ICT Excellence Awards were established in 2005. They aim to showcase successful and innovative ICT companies and public sector organisations, of all types and sizes, and provide recognition to their teams for all their hard work and effort.

To find out more about the ICT Cluster, please follow at: Twitter/wmidlandsict, the ICT Cluster Group on LinkedIn or the ICT Cluster on Facebook.